It’s the fifth of December and that means it is officially twenty more sleeps until Christmas (and must be a child for still counting down like this). My Christmas tree may have been up since mid-November, and I’m well and truly in the holiday spirit – which is why I’m trying to fill my time with as many Christmas books as I possibly can. Today I read You Never See Rainbows At Christmas.
Like a rhinestone Miss Havisham, Eloise plans to spend Christmas alone, lying on the settee, crying her eyes out while listening to Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits. But a fall in the sleet two nights before Christmas lands her at the feet of rough sleeper Adam who is fighting his own demons. Limping, cut and bruised she has no alternative but to accept his offer of help. And instead of rejection, there’s friendship and company. Christmas suddenly seems brighter. Eloise’s never seen a rainbow at Christmas, though. This year might be different.
As far as cute little Christmas reads go, You Never See Rainbows at Christmas is one of my favourites. I love romance stories and those centred around Christmas always fill me with a little warmth. This fantastic little short story focusses on Eloise and Adam: living two different lives but somehow thrown together by fate.
Eloise and Adam were two really adorable characters and I felt for them both. Their situations and backstories made them feel more real, more human and I wasn’t mad about it. It helped me really connect to them. Their interactions with each other were so wholesome. I appreciated how a spotlight is shone on homeless people such as Adam. I think we are all a little guilty of walking past a homeless person on the street and labelling them as a delinquent or drunk. We have these negative labels in our heads so it was good to read a book which reminds us that every person deserves our respect and time. Nobody really chooses to be homeless and during the winter, the coldest time of the year, it’s easy to forget they struggle a lot more than they usually do.
The book is a short and sweet read, totalling just over a hundred pages. That makes it the perfect book to pick up before bed, on those long travels home for the winter or even just on your sofa in the afternoon. I found the story incredibly easy to read as the book is written so elegantly and flawlessly. There was a decent pacing to the plot and I found it all flowed naturally, no part of the story feeling unnecessary or forced, but then that’s the beauty of short stories.
I want to keep the review short and encourage you all to check out the book, which is free on KindleUnlimited or retailing at £1.99 (kindle). The story is so wholesome and heart-warming, with a satisfying plot ending and characters I just know you’re all going to love. I usually only ready Young-Adult fiction, but this adult fiction story was a great little read. It’s in my Kindle library forever and I know that on future Christmas seasons, I’ll be revisiting it.
I’ll have warm clothes and a Christmas dinner this year, but not everyone else is that lucky. Please remember that in these hard times, someone else always will always benefit from your help and support. If you can, check out the amazing UK charities which help to provide care and essentials to those currently living in need.
Remember that not everybody will have the same opinion! Something that worked for me might not work for you, and visa versa. The whole internet has an opinion, so check out a few others before you decide to dish or ditch this book!
Chelle @ Curled Up With a Good Book says “If you’re looking for a short, wonderful, contemporary romance that will make you think, but make you feel warm and glowy, then you should check this out.”
Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine’s latest book The Single Best Thing, is a fitting finale to the Singles’ Series, which has its roots in her background as a tour manager for a UK tour operator.
Elaine is now working on The Banjo Book Two, which is set in Dagenham where she grew up and now resides. A banjo is a pedestrianised cul-de-sac and Dagenham has many! This book will be out in the autumn.
Elaine also writes plays and her short film Only the Lonely was made by Dan Films and won the Groucho Club Best Short Film Award 2019 and two Silver Awards at WOFFF 2019.
Elaine is waiting for a film-maker with vision to turn the Singles Series into films or TV dramas.
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